Eyelid Lift (Blepharoplasty)
Eyelid Lift (Blepharoplasty) – Dr. Mackenzie in Santa Barbara
Drooping or puffiness around the eyes can be corrected through eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty. People don’t have to accept the signs of eyelid aging as inevitable. Instead, sagging or puffiness around the eyes can be eliminated through blepharoplasty in our Santa Barbara office. Aging of the eyes, which can make people look tired or sad, is not a necessary consequence of growing older. Instead, you can choose blepharoplasty and retain your youthful appearance for years to come. Some may also be candidates for non-surgical rejuvenation of the eyelids, using Botox or Juvederm for example.
Upper eyelid surgery (upper blepharoplasty) usually involves removing excess skin that may be causing extra folds, or even laying on the upper lashes. In severe cases it may even impair vision. There may be excess fat that can be removed as well. Upper blepharoplasty is often combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures, especially brow lifting and lower blepharoplasty, but is also commonly done as a stand alone procedure, which can be done under local anesthesia in Dr. Mackenzie’s Santa Barbara office.
Lower eyelid surgery (lower blepharoplasty) involves very different anatomy than the upper eyelids, and is more often done under general anesthesia. It is often combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures, especially upper blepharoplasty. Most commonly corrected is the bulging fat pocket below the eye, and the groove (tear trough) below this bulge. Redundant skin, and sometimes muscle, is removed. The incision usually follows underneath the eyelashes, but many people are candidates for transconjunctival blepharoplasty, which involves an invisible incision behind the eyelid. In almost everyone, Dr. Mackenzie will perform a canthopexy, which is a procedure to support the lower eyelid to help avoid unattractive bowing or ectropion of the lid as it heals – a telltale sign of surgery.
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